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Should Kid Icarus: Uprising Be Released For Wii U?

By aquizero on Feb 26 2013 04:28 PM
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Rumors continue to flood the Internet, suspecting that 3DS action-shooter Kid Icarus: Uprising could receive a future remake for the Wii U. I'm not one to always believe in rumors, but this one intrigued me. I would like to first discuss my thoughts on the game, then share my opinions on whether or not I would support something like this.

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I was one of the many who eagerly awaited Kid Icarus: Uprising. I reserved my copy and picked it up on the release date. It took around two months, but I finally completed the main campaign. My opinion towards the game as a whole is very positive. The graphics were beautiful: even more so in 3D. The soundtrack was fun, not intrusive or overpowering. In fact, I would normally plug in a headset just so I could hear the minute sounds I may have missed otherwise. The storyline and voice acting were impeccable. Not once did I feel that the game could do without them. Lastly, the amount of content and customization options that it offered were above and beyond what I expected. The game simply urges you to keep coming back for more.

Unfortunately, this game suffers from one huge issue: the controls. Despite the goodness that this game brings, the controls are simply uncomfortable. Because of this, it's difficult for me to “want” to play through it again. Even after adjusting the controls and using the included stand, I can't find comfort. After only one hour of gameplay, my hands began to shriek with discomfort. At that point, it became difficult to steady the system enough to even enjoy the 3D effect. I enjoyed the game, but it would have been a much more pleasurable experience if the Circle Pad Pro would have been properly supported.

Do I think that this game deserves a High-Definition (HD) port for the Wii U?

Yes, simply because many fans still have yet to experience the game. It could be because they're a mobile gamer and don’t own a 3DS, or that they read the horrible reviews in regards to the controls and decided it was not for them. Either way, I think the game has so much going for it, but is overshadowed by its shortcomings. If this game was to be released for Wii U, the controls would need altered to give the player a multitude of options. The Wii U has many control schemes at its disposal such as Wii Remote and Nunchuck, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii U GamePad. Each of these controller options would be welcomed.

What about you? Do you think Kid Icarus: Uprising deserves a Wii U remake?


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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 26

Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of my favorite 3DS games. I love it, for all the reasons you mentioned. I was holding out for a sequel and was pretty bummed out when Nintendo stated that the next game would be released in another 25 years. Major sad face, Nintendo, major sad face.

A version for the Wii U would allow not only improved graphics, but also improved controls and potentially more content, so I'm all for it. I hope it's not a rumor.

I also loved the add-on of the AR cards and I wish more games would offer little bonuses like that. It's not that I've collected them, but I just feel that the AR feature of the 3DS does not get enough love. It was great that they came up with a creative way to utilize that feature.

Dark Pit. He just needs to be mentioned. Dark Pit. There he is again. (It sounds like the beginning of a song...)
I really enjoyed the 3DS version and multiplayer would soar on the Wii U.

PastaFriend, on 26 February 2013 - 10:46 PM, said:

Dark Pit. He just needs to be mentioned. Dark Pit. There he is again. (It sounds like the beginning of a song...)

I think that Dark Pit is truly awesome.


Kyle, on 26 February 2013 - 10:56 PM, said:

I really enjoyed the 3DS version and multiplayer would soar on the Wii U.

I agree. The multiplayer is fun, if you can get past the controls.
I don't know if I'd put myself thru the pain again LOL :P
But I do think the controls would make playing the game that much easier (imagine moving the GamePad to change what you are looking at on screen!) - targetting might be easier too.
But it could certainly be a system booster.
Though I can't see it happening since the Project Sora company is no longer in existence.
Keep in mind that Project Sora was just an extension of Masahiro Sakurai's company, Sora Ltd. that more or less was created solely for the purpose of making Uprising. The closure of Project Sora after the game's release/completion was the natural conclusion. Porting to the Wii U would take little to no effort, but whether it'll happen or not is another story.
Yeah, I do not see a port being as huge of an undertaking as creating a game from the ground up. Nintendo could have a whole other company work on this port if they wanted to. I hope it happens.
i dont think that the conversion will work to control and graphical touches will work

partypat, on 02 March 2013 - 11:03 AM, said:

i dont think that the conversion will work to control and graphical touches will work

You don't think the controls would work on the Wii U but the graphics would?
No. Only after Smash Bros is done, THEN Sakurai can focus his energy on this.
Eh, i wasnt a big fan of it, and half of the reason was the controls. It makes no sense to make a 3d handhold with one analog stick...

View PostRaziment, on 05 March 2013 - 07:41 PM, said:

No. Only after Smash Bros is done, THEN Sakurai can focus his energy on this.

Well I believe he specifically stated he would not be working on a sequel to this game. So, that leads me to believe that he would not work on the port anyway. I am sure it will be another company.

View PostConcertoine, on 05 March 2013 - 09:15 PM, said:

Eh, i wasnt a big fan of it, and half of the reason was the controls. It makes no sense to make a 3d handhold with one analog stick...

That is the main reason why this game deserves a Wii U port. I think this game could have been a larger hit if the controls were not in the way.

View PostConcertoine, on 05 March 2013 - 09:15 PM, said:

Eh, i wasnt a big fan of it, and half of the reason was the controls. It makes no sense to make a 3d handhold with one analog stick...

This is exactly why I was so iffy on buying Kid Icarus Uprising. I knew the controls just couldn't have been as good as it looked. I even processed it in my mind for a bit when I saw it in E3.

Like "This game requires aiming and moving....so there's no second analog stick....but the touch screen....but that would mean you only use one button...this can't be good".
In my opinion, all of the criticism about the controls was overblown. Yes, if you are left-handed, the game isn't defaulted in your favor. But it's such a great game for so many reasons. The controls are different, a new way of playing, and I think most of the criticism is more about the learning curve in adjusting to these controls than about the controls themselves.

A port to the Wii U would solve many of these issues, there are more buttons and so there are more options in terms of adjusting the controls to level the learning curve. Perhaps the game could include a series of levels that could allow players to try out different controls to see what works best for them. Though I admit that could be confusing and I almost never adjust the controls of games I play anyway.

The controls weren't an issue for me, I guess is what I'm trying to say. If I had to describe how the controls felt when I first started playing I would call them fiddly. I'm very fond of Kid Icarus: Uprising. First-person shooters really aren't my thing, but this was a game that worked for me.

View PostPastaFriend, on 06 March 2013 - 03:48 PM, said:

The controls weren't an issue for me, I guess is what I'm trying to say. If I had to describe how the controls felt when I first started playing I would call them fiddly. I'm very fond of Kid Icarus: Uprising. First-person shooters really aren't my thing, but this was a game that worked for me.

That is good. I am sure that the controls worked for many people because if not the game would not have been much of a success. I still think it could be even more of a success though.

If they do decide to bring this game to Wii U there should be something "extra". We would not be able to play the game in 3D and also no QR Codes. Those features are unique to the 3DS console. I would imagine that they would want to compensate for this somehow.

View Postaquizero, on 08 March 2013 - 02:21 PM, said:

If they do decide to bring this game to Wii U there should be something "extra". We would not be able to play the game in 3D and also no QR Codes. Those features are unique to the 3DS console. I would imagine that they would want to compensate for this somehow.

Dark Pit. Package Dark Pit with the game. Anything Dark Pit. Dark Pit. And then Dark Pit.

View PostPastaFriend, on 08 March 2013 - 02:56 PM, said:

Dark Pit. Package Dark Pit with the game. Anything Dark Pit. Dark Pit. And then Dark Pit.

Hmmm... from the sound of things, you like Dark Pit. I am just guessing at this point. Lol. I do like his character as well. Maybe they can have additional DLC with episodes featuring Dark Pit only?

View Postaquizero, on 08 March 2013 - 02:57 PM, said:

Hmmm... from the sound of things, you like Dark Pit. I am just guessing at this point. Lol. I do like his character as well. Maybe they can have additional DLC with episodes featuring Dark Pit only?

If there were a "Love This" button, I would have clicked it.

And oh! Because...

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Sadly, I haven't played Kid Icarus: Uprising yet. I've had the game for well over a few months already too. This article has inspired me to play it though. I will probably play it as soon as I can pry Fire Emblem Awakening from between my hands.

As far as a Wii U remake goes, I really can't see how it wouldn't be beneficial with the GamePad. Dual analog sticks for a shooter like this? Something bigger to play on, too? High-Definition graphics? Yes, I think it would be a great idea! I like you're foresight on this, Benjamin! It's a very logical and practical idea!
A full fledged title on Wii U defiantly would be purchased by me. Maybe work on the controls a bit but that is a very cool idea.

View PostKevin, on 08 March 2013 - 06:36 PM, said:

Sadly, I haven't played Kid Icarus: Uprising yet. I've had the game for well over a few months already too. This article has inspired me to play it though. I will probably play it as soon as I can pry Fire Emblem Awakening from between my hands.

As far as a Wii U remake goes, I really can't see how it wouldn't be beneficial with the GamePad. Dual analog sticks for a shooter like this? Something bigger to play on, too? High-Definition graphics? Yes, I think it would be a great idea! I like you're foresight on this, Benjamin! It's a very logical and practical idea!

You should certainly play through the game. It has so much to offer. As gorgeous as the game looks on the 3DS in 3D, I can only imagine how HD visuals lift the game to new heights (get it?). Oh and for Heavens sake, PUT DOWN FIRE EMBLEM! Lol. :)

View Postaquizero, on 11 March 2013 - 03:01 PM, said:

Oh and for Heavens sake, PUT DOWN FIRE EMBLEM! Lol. :)

I can't. It's like crack, but legal.
I would totally wish for Kid Icarus Uprising on the Wii U. They could add some really fun elements to the Wii U version (as it was already awesome to begin with). Pit could go from being that character that a lot of people rarely cared about back in the day, to become an Icon to remember for the rest of your life. Pit is one who doesn't deserve to be forgotten again in my opinion. I really loved Kid Icarus Uprising & a lot more can be done with the title to become a bigger series. I'd hope that the Wii U can give the game a chance, because Kid Icarus Uprising was a great start to give the series that momentum to become bigger. I really wish the best for the series & I want to see it to becone HUGE someday. As huge as Zelda, Metroid & Mario. It deserves it, in my opinion.

View PostANickToThePast, on 02 April 2013 - 05:33 AM, said:

I would totally wish for Kid Icarus Uprising on the Wii U. They could add some really fun elements to the Wii U version (as it was already awesome to begin with). Pit could go from being that character that a lot of people rarely cared about back in the day, to become an Icon to remember for the rest of your life. Pit is one who doesn't deserve to be forgotten again in my opinion. I really loved Kid Icarus Uprising & a lot more can be done with the title to become a bigger series. I'd hope that the Wii U can give the game a chance, because Kid Icarus Uprising was a great start to give the series that momentum to become bigger. I really wish the best for the series & I want to see it to becone HUGE someday. As huge as Zelda, Metroid & Mario. It deserves it, in my opinion.

I am not sure if the game has enough depth to be compared to Zelda but who knows? I really enjoyed the games storyline and characters. The Wii U is a wonder to behold. I even think the use of NFC technology could be a fun addition to the Wii U version.

View Postaquizero, on 02 April 2013 - 08:05 AM, said:

I am not sure if the game has enough depth to be compared to Zelda but who knows? I really enjoyed the games storyline and characters. The Wii U is a wonder to behold. I even think the use of NFC technology could be a fun addition to the Wii U version.
Yeah I get what you mean about depth, but given an opportunity to be on the Wii U & if it does well, we could very well see more adventures for Pit in the future. There's plenty more we need to see with the Wii U as well as far as technology, but I'm all for Kid Icarus Uprising to be on the console. Or just make another if possible. There are some very committed fans of this game too, haha.

View PostANickToThePast, on 02 April 2013 - 10:25 PM, said:

Yeah I get what you mean about depth, but given an opportunity to be on the Wii U & if it does well, we could very well see more adventures for Pit in the future. There's plenty more we need to see with the Wii U as well as far as technology, but I'm all for Kid Icarus Uprising to be on the console. Or just make another if possible. There are some very committed fans of this game too, haha.

I would like to know how successful the game was/is. It would be nice to know if the sales figures were what Nintendo expected or less than. If by chance the sales were a little less than anticipated I would hope they would consider this port to reach more audiences. The more people are aware of the adventures of Pit then I am sure we will have another games in the future. Maybe E3 will mention something about this.